Saturday, July 12, 2014

Book-Shaped Cake Pan / GoneReading.com GIVEAWAY



Do you or do you know someone who loves reading? Well, I have a product that might make an avid reader happy. It will allow them to read their book and eat it too!
You can now bring a favorite book or author to life with this this book-shaped cake pan and a bit of  creativity.  

This might be perfect for a birthday, book club meeting, read-a-thon, Dr. Seuss birthday party...you name it! I'm totally singing the Reading Rainbow theme song right now (take a look, it's in a book...). I'm really not that old.*


This is my attempt at baking a book cake. I am not a professional cake decorator, so don't judge me.
BEFORE
AFTER

Each book-shaped cake pan is approximately 16″ wide x 12″ tall x 2-1/2″ deep. It takes three cake mixes and includes some decorating instructions.

*I actually am that old.

The nice people at Gonereading are allowing me to give a $20 eGift Coupon Code for shopping at their site to ONE lucky reader. 
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

LAVISHY Poppy/ Passion Vintage Set GIVEAWAY



From ancient times and into the modern times, flower symbolism has been a significant part of cultures around the world. We see it in weddings, funerals, holidays, and anniversaries, to name a few. I saw it was different when I lived in the Czech Republic from the United Sates.
Since I am really into jewelry and accessorizing lately, I found the LAVISHY Secret Garden series. Pictured is the poppy/passion vintage set. It features hand crafted double sided pendants with matching earrings and rings with a beautiful flower relief on one side and a positive message on the other. You might have seen this in popular bracelets recently. Super cool, right?! You can wear jewelry that has meaning and inspiration that will never end.
Pendant: 2 x 2 cm
Chain: fine 18 inch with 2 inch extension and cute LAVISHY logo tag.
 Pendant Measurement: 2 x 2 cm
Adjustable to fit finger
Pendant Measurement: 2 x 2 cm for pierced ears

The necklace, earrings, ring all come with a #LAVISHY gift box, are designed in Canada, come in silver or gold, and are nickel free & lead free (hypoallergenic / allergy free).
I think these would make great graduation, birthday, or "just because" gifts.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

LIFE & FOOD GARCINIA CAMBOGIA


Now that I'm back from the cruise and the 24/7 eating experience, it is time to get back to my normal routine. It is said that people return from cruising with an average of 5 lb. weight gain. UGH. You might have heard about the new Garcinia Cambogia pill. Well, here is one you want to try:
WHY CHOOSE LIFE & FOOD GARCINIA CAMBOGIA 1600 MG?
The use an 800mg rather than 500mg pillThe upgraded strength formula enhances the effects and accounts for reduced absorption rates when taken by various individuals. They use high quality ingredients and contains no gluten, wheat, soy, or sugar and is made in the USA. They use a vegetable capsule with no fillers or binders, mixing Garcinia Cambogia fruit rind with calcium and potassium for added absorption your body needs. It is safe to use and will help you lose weight without any side effects.
For best results, you take 2 capsules daily (preferably before meals). It will help curb your appetite and allow you to balance your mood and not worry about food all day. I love that. Gotta stay bikini ready EVERY day and this #garcinia will help! I wouldn't tell you about it unless I tested it and it worked. 

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Monday, July 7, 2014

CENTRAL PARK PET RETREAT

It's only fair that while I was off having fun excursions during my cruise, that my dog was being taken care of and having fun as well. She spent a few days at Central Park Pet Retreat. I made a post on my blog about this place before we left and now I want to report back on how awesome it is for you and your pets.
 Day-Z and I visited this day care center and took a tour a few months ago and found this to be the nicest pet boarding option around. She loved the running in the backyard area so much I thought she wouldn't want to leave to go back home. We met with the staff and I explained all of my dog's needs and they took notes. There was no doubt in my mind that Day-Z would be well taken care of during her stay.
 They provide dog play time both inside and outside which is great for Dayz and her big amounts of energy. Day-Z isn't a crate dog so the fact that they had a private suite (room) for her to sleep in is great.
Central Park is conveniently located in Salt Lake City not too far from the airport--which is great if you need to drop your dog off before you catch a flight.
 Big dogs and smaller dogs are kept in separate areas. Day-Z stayed with the smaller dogs and even sat behind the desk with the staff when she needed a little bit more attention. The staff made sure her usual feeding time was kept and that her eye drops were given each day. I was given a full report on how Day-Z behaved after I returned home--that shows me they actually paid attention and took good care of my sweet pooch.
Staff at Central Park are very easy to work with and want to make sure your dog's stay is the best possible.
They love your dogs and your dogs will love this place!

So next time you are headed out of town or just need to socialize your dog for the day, try out Central Park Pet Retreat. You will not be disappointed! *No dog, no matter their temperament, will be turned away. And don't forget they have an area for cats too!

Check them out for special deals and to make a reservation via:
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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Day 7: ST. MAARTEN/ ST. MARTIN

This island has two spellings of it's name because it has a side owned by the Dutch and the other French. Brandon & I saw our friends Nate & Michelle from Barbados who were renting another car. We hung with our group. Upon arrival to the port, there is a small area of shopping. You can take a water taxi for $5 one way (or $7 for an all day back-and-forth pass) to more shopping. If you have shopping on your list this trip (there are lots of jewels they say can't be found anywhere else in the world), then this is the port to do it in. You can go around and get small, free gifts just for stopping in most stores. 
 Among the shops is a free movie exhibit with work by Nick Maley
 who is apparently known as "that Yoda Guy" because of his involvement in the creation of Yoda for Star Wars. It isn't that big, but you can buy some signed art from the movies.
After shopping, our group met up and then we split again. Some went on a tour of the entire island (I heard they found a nude beach) and others skipped the tour and went to Maho Beach. I went to Maho Beach. There is an airport so close to this beach, that people come to hang on to a fence that separates them as big planes take off. Only the strong can hang on and not be blasted away.

Of course, we tried it!

 When planes arrive, they seem like they are so close overhead that you can reach up and touch them.
It was totally cool.


While we were there, we saw our friends again!
 So we invited them to snorkel and eat lunch with us. If you go here, go to Driftwood bar and order their pizza. I know, you are thinking, I'm on an island, why would I order pizza?! But it is fantastic! We ordered an XL half white and sweet mama (+ham) pizza. SO YUMMY!
 Our taxi driver waited there for us and took the parents back to the shopping area. Brandon and I joined our friends Nate and Michelle in the rental Yaris (half car/half dolphin) and we visited 2 other beaches.
Cupecoy was our first stop. The sand was softer than at Maho, but the waves were bigger.
 Our next stop was Mullet Bay Beach. The sand here was so soft and the water was perfect. It was gorgeous. The snorkeling was the best here for the day.

 We barely got the rental car back in time to board the ship because we were having so much fun.
 Our new friends suggested we all get a Guavaberry shake at the port to close such a great day.
Thank you, Sint Maarten. Tomorrow we go home. I'll miss the food buffet, having my bed made and room cleaned by someone else, and all of the fun/adventure. Back to reality.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Day 6: ST. KITTS

We aren't in the states for the 4th of July, but the Carnival Valor surprised us with this patriotic gesture.
I loved it!
I don't think anybody had any plans for St. Kitts. Upon your arrival to the port, you will be greeted by  lots of shops and locals with monkeys. You can hold them, but you will be asked for $5 if you snap a photo with them.
I got my monkey photo for $2 with a bonus rasta donkey later in the afternoon during our tour.
The parents booked a tour with a local taxi bus called Junie Taxi & Tours.
It took us around the SMALL island to a botanical garden.
We saw a giant tree over 400 years old growing here,

pretty gardens,
and demonstrations of local batik artists (available for purchase). Make sure you have small bills if purchasing items from these little islands because they will try to give you change in their currency (to try to get you to spend it there so they can make more money). All islands on this cruise accept US currency.
 We continued around the island and stopped at a few great photo opportunity spots.
 Then the tour left us with the option to stop at the beach (the driver will negotiate what time to come pick you up and take you back) or to go straight back to the port with no beach.
We chose the beach. This beach had black sand which was cool...and very hot! It was a rocky beach and had murky water horrible for snorkeling. Ask your driver to go to a better beach!
 The tour included drinks (bottled water, coke & rum, or local beer). Once we returned to the port, Brandon and I went to the city in search of some local eats. We walked up to a street vendor who told us he had "cook-up" with is rice with various meats including pig tail. It was horrible, but we tried it. After we tried to eat it but ended up throwing it out, we went to a restaurant that said they served local food. We ordered some juice and mashed green bananas as a side with a fish entree--so yummy!
 The ship entertainment crew organized a 4th of July dance party full of lots of red, white, and blue goodies.
I love my America!